Appellate Court Rejects Arguments for Gross Negligence Exception To The Public-Duty Doctrine

November 8, 2021

A motorcyclist was struck by a semi while crossing traffic at an intersection and died from his injuries. The administrators of his estate filed suit against the State of Iowa alleging claims of negligence and gross negligence. In particular, the administrators alleged the State was grossly negligent because it had knowledge of the intersection’s defective […]

Iowa Court of Appeals Reverses Lower Court’s Dismissal of Personal Injury Action

Plaintiff was a patient at a medical facility when she sustained injuries from a slip and fall. She initiated suit against the medical facility alleging various claims of negligence including professional negligence, negligent hiring and retention, lack of supervision by non-professional staff, and ordinary negligence. The medical facility moved to dismiss Plaintiff’s claims for failure […]

Mark Thomas and Ryleigh Keeney Secure Dismissal in Hailstorm Damage Case

Following a bench trial in Palo Alto County, Mark Thomas and Ryleigh Keeney obtained a dismissal on behalf of their client, State Farm Fire and Casualty Company. Plaintiffs’ breach of contract claim followed a 2018 hailstorm that damaged Plaintiffs’ real property. Plaintiffs’ policy contained a one-year contractual limitations period—requiring Plaintiffs to file suit against State […]

Mark Thomas and Aaron Lindebak Obtain Summary Judgment in Trucking Case

October 4, 2021

Mark Thomas and Aaron Lindebak represented two transportation brokers, AIT Worldwide Logistics, Inc. (“AIT”) and Total Quality Logistics, LLC (“TQL”) in a wrongful death case in the Southern District of Iowa. TQL was hired by AIT to obtain motor carriers to carry freight. TQL then hired IEX Xpress Inc. to carry the freight. IEX Xpress […]

Sam McMichael and Rachel Morgan Join Grefe & Sidney

We are pleased to announce that Sam McMichael and Rachel Morgan have joined Grefe & Sidney, P.L.C.   Sam McMichael earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Wartburg College before graduating with highest honors from Drake University Law School in May of 2021. While in law school, Sam practiced as a student attorney in the […]

Attorney Spotlight: Tansha Clarke

August 3, 2021

Tansha Clarke is an associate attorney in the firm’s litigation division where she represents clients in a broad range of matters including, but not limited to, workers compensation claims and insurance defense. While in law school, Tansha externed with the Honorable Justice Mansfield of the Iowa Supreme Court and served as an Associate Editor for […]

Mark Thomas Secures Directed Verdict in Legal Malpractice Claim

Following the close of the plaintiff’s case during a trial in Black Hawk County, Mark Thomas obtained a directed verdict on behalf of his client, an Iowa attorney. The plaintiff filed a legal malpractice claim against Mark’s client, alleging the attorney failed to bring an action challenging a tax deed after a tax sale of […]

Andrew Hall and Benjamin Erickson Obtain Favorable Ruling from Iowa Court of Appeals

On July 21, 2021, the Iowa Court of Appeals determined that Andrew Hall and Benjamin Erickson’s client, Liberty Mutual, was not required to reimburse Plaintiff, another insurer, for workers’ compensation benefits totaling over $250,000. The case arises after Plaintiff paid workers’ compensation benefits and later determined it was not the employer’s insurer on the date […]

Trial Attorney Michael Currie Joins Firm

July 8, 2021

We are pleased to announce that Michael D. Currie has joined Grefe & Sidney, P.L.C. Michael has been practicing law since 2014. He attended the University of Iowa where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Philosophy, and History and then graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law. Michael is in the […]

Erickson Secures Defense Verdict and Counterclaim Judgment in Bailment Claim

On June 28, 2021, Ben Erickson obtained a defense verdict and counterclaim judgment on behalf of a local business. The case stems from Plaintiff’s claim that Erickson’s client wrongfully towed and disposed of over fifteen vehicles in violation of Iowa law. Plaintiff plead multiple legal theories, including negligent bailment, unjust enrichment, and consumer fraud pursuant […]